Chap­lain re­cruit­ing sen­tinels

Guard of Honour - - NEWS - MAJ DWAYNE BOS

The NCR is home to many units, each with unique mis­sions and fo­cusses. With this com­plex land­scape, the tra­di­tional role of the chap­lain, which many will be ac­cus­tomed to on bases, is vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble. A min­istry of pres­ence is re­quired to build up re­la­tion­ships, morale and trust with units and with our per­son­nel. The Sentinel Pro­gram is the so­lu­tion.

The Sentinel Pro­gram, with chain of com­mand (CoC) sup­port, will iden­tify vol­un­teers who are car­ing and em­pa­thetic to be a sup­port­ive, proac­tive pres­ence in units. The Sentinel will be trained by the chap­lain OPI to be sen­si­tive to the needs of co- work­ers, and will be in di­rect con­tact with the chap­laincy. The chap­laincy, in turn, will pro­vide ad­di­tional train­ing, ad­vice and re­cep­tion of re­fer­rals.

The CoC is re­spon­si­ble for en­sur­ing that the re­li­gious, moral and spir­i­tual needs of per­son­nel are met, so that the end re­sult is the ac­com­plish­ment of the unit’s mis­sion. The Sen­tinels are both ac­tive and pas­sive. The Sentinel is en­cour­aged to never pass a fault and to pro­vide prac­ti­cal help to en­cour­age and sup­port mem­bers seek­ing help or in need of a lis­ten­ing ear.

A good Sentinel shows re­spect, works at cre­at­ing a re­la­tion­ship of trust with oth­ers, and pro­vides dis­crete re­fer­rals. The Sentinel will not have the same level of con­fi­den­tial­ity as the chap­lain; but, will pro­vide a pro­fes­sional l evel of dis­cre­tion when speak­ing to peo­ple. Work­ing with the Sen­tinels al­lows chap­lains to form a net­work that will keep them more aware of the is­sues af­fect­ing unit mem­bers, while en­abling t hem t o i nter­vene more rapidly. The Sentinel Pro­gram has the po­ten­tial to be ex­tremely use­ful in the com­plex NCR milieu; al­low­ing chap­lains to pro­vide a proac­tive ap­proach to unit min­istry and be­ing more able t o ad­vise t he com­man­ders on the state of the morale, spir­i­tual well-be­ing and re­siliency of their mem­bers.

Padre ( Maj) Dwayne Bos i s t he Sentinel Pro­gram Of­fice Pri­mary In­ter­est. Please con­tact me at 613-995-6755 or via email, to work to­wards a Sentinel Net­work in your unit.

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